Who is a Skrull in the MCU series Secret Invasion? We find out by setting up a Skrull watch to call out those shape-shifting aliens, which we will update after each new episode. There will be spoilers for the Disney+ series.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), finally getting his project after being a central part since its beginning. In Secret Invasion, he is tackling the threat of a Skrull invasion led by Kingsley Ben-Adir’s Gravik.
The Skrulls’ signature ability is that they can shape-shift into whoever they like, complete with the person’s memories, personality, and character. They could be anybody, and there are one million Skrulls hiding on Earth. To help you identify the imposters, we’ve started a Skrull Watch to keep tabs on anyone suspicious.
Who is a Skrull in Secret Invasion?
In the second episode of Secret Invasion, the beloved Groot pops up on a Skrull monitor, causing panic that the cutest tree was a Skrull this whole time.
But fear not, Groot is still Groot. The reason he pops up is because the Skrulls have taken his DNA, and are using it for nefarious means. Of course, this begs the question of where they got his DNA, but that’s unknown.
The Skrulls want Groot’s DNA so they can use it to give them powers, using the machine they’ve built. This would make them Super Skrulls, which in the comics were genetically enhanced Skrulls that had superpowers.
Groot is not a Skrull.
Sonya Falsworth is an MI6 agent played by Olivia Colman and is introduced in this show. She’s got a playful and cheery attitude, kidnapping Fury and then joking about it with him and how he’s lost his touch.
She hates Skrulls and shows no restraint when she goes to torture one for information about Gravik’s plans. According to Fury, she operates under a scorched Earth policy, hunting down anyone who’s ever heard what’s happening with the Skrulls.
This seems like overkill, but so far it’s working. Her unique method of information gathering has helped her to learn about Gravik’s super-Skrull device, and she’s uncovered three Skrulls not with her bare bands, but with a gun in those hands.
She is now helping G’iah lead the Skrull resistance on Earth.
Sonya Falsworth is not a Skrull.
The first Skrull reveal of the show is Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross when he attempts to hide information about an upcoming Skrull terrorist attack from Nick Fury.
This shocking twist sets the tone for the show going forward. How long Ross has been a Skrull is unknown.
It’s possible he’s been an alien the whole time, as the Skrulls have been on Earth since the 1990s. But as he was heavily injured in Black Panther, his Skrull identity would have been revealed.
It’s more likely that Ross’s Skrull double was inserted just after the Blip. There would have been an immense amount of confusion and an easy opportunity for him to be replaced. His true identity as a Skrull is troubling, as now these aliens know about Wakanda and its technology.
Everett Ross is definitely a Skrull.
Don Cheadle’s James “Rhodey” Rhodes is now high up in the U.S. government, trapped in the political machine of global affairs. He sounds off against the entire EU and the UK after the Moscow attack. When he meets with Fury he’s unusually confrontational and fires him.
This is because he’s a Skrull. During Rhodey’s meeting with Fury, he slips up and calls him Nick. In episode three of Secret Invasion, Fury reveals that no one calls him Nick, and at the end of the episode it’s Rhodey’s voice that answers Priscilla’s call when she wants to talk to Gravik.
When Rhodey was replaced is unknown but the finale of Secret Invasion does give audiences a hint. At the end of the show when Rhodey was freed from the Skrull base, he’s wearing the same outfit as when he went for a scan of his legs after they were injured in Captain America: Civil War. He’s also struggling to walk, which would support this idea.
Rhodey is definitely a Skrull.
US President Ritson (Dermot Mulroney) is an important character, as head of one of the most powerful nations in the world. He’s not had a lot of screen time, but his impact has still been felt on the show.
Despite being in this powerful position, the Skrulls haven’t sought to replace him, instead going through his top advisor, Rhodey. Not only do audiences get full confirmation of Rhodey’s duplicity, but because the Skrulls try to kill Ritson, it’s evident he isn’t a Skrull.
At the end of the show, Ritson declares war on the Skrulls, something that inspires hit squads of people to go about killing anyone they think is a Skrull.
President Ritson is not a Skrull.
Nick Fury has been part of the MCU since its inception, forming a team of Avengers to help protect the Earth. But now, in this post-Blip world, he’s on his own, and he’s more anxious than ever.
Having met the Skrulls all the way back in the 1990s in Captain Marvel, Fury knows these aliens the best. But it’s clear he’s lost his touch. He failed to stop a Skrull bombing in Moscow which resulted in over 2,000 deaths.
He’s even been replaced by the Skrulls twice, first with his consent in Spider-Man: Far From Home, then briefly by Gravik, who shot Agent Hill while looking like Fury. But as the real Fury has the resolve to stop this invasion, he hasn’t been replaced.
Nick Fury is not a Skrull.
Priscilla Fury (Charlayne Woodard) is Nick Fury’s wife, someone audiences never knew about before Secret Invasion. She’s also a Skrull, but Fury knows he’s married to a shape-shifter.
She’s a rogue element, as she’s sent to kill Fury by Rhodey, but she doesn’t go through with it. At the end of the show, she joins Fury to go to the S.A.B.E.R. space station to participate in peace talks with the Kree.
Priscilla Fury is definitely a Skrull.
Maria Hill, played by Cobie Smulders, is one of Fury’s most trusted allies. From the very beginning of the MCU, she’s helped him put together the Avengers and run S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hill first learned of the Skrulls when she found out Everett Ross wasn’t really Everett Ross, and she joined Talos and Fury to try and find other Skrull imposters. In episode one, they attempted to stop Gravik’s bombs in Moscow but failed.
In the aftermath, Gravik personally killed her while disguised as Fury. As he went to such lengths to kill her, it’s safe to say that Gravik thought she was a threat to his plans.
Maria Hill is not a Skrull.
Talos is Ben Mendelsohn’s loveable Skrull, first introduced in Captain Marvel and trying to find the Skrulls a new home after the Kree-Skrull war destroyed theirs. But because this is taking too long, he’s been exiled by his people.
He’s a loveable fool, unable to hold his own in combat. In Spider-Man: Far From Home, he took on the form of Nick Fury and was even tricked by Mysterio’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) powers of illusion, something quite embarrassing for a shape-shifter.
Talos is definitely a Skrull.
The main antagonist of the show, Gravik, is, of course, a Skrull. He’s not afraid to don a number of disguises to defeat his foes, and using the Avengers’ DNA he wants to turn himself into an all-powerful being
He’s a young radical that took over the Skrull Council and is attempting to invade Earth so the Skrulls can live there. His plan is to promote chaos and provoke the U.S. and Russia into a nuclear war because the Skrulls are immune to radiation.
Gravik has built a device to turn the Skrulls into Super Skrulls, giving them powers. Gravik has already used it on himself, with both the Extremis virus from Iron Man 3 and Groot’s branching powers.
Gravik is definitely a Skrull.
Emilia Clarke’s G’iah is Talos’s daughter, and so is definitely a Skrull. She was part of the Skrull group formed by Gravik but has since betrayed him and gone off on her own.
As part of her Skrull nature, G’iah is no stranger to deception. In the first episode, she tricks Fury, Hill, and even her father, Talos. Her relationship with her parents is uneasy, with Talos not knowing where she was for several years.
At the end of the show, she gets the power set of several different MCU characters, making her one of the most powerful beings to exist. She and Sonya now lead the fight for Skrull salvation on Earth.
G’iah is definitely a Skrull.